To help the eye care provider recommend the right eyeglasses for your child’s vision and lifestyle needs, it is important to share with him or her as much information as possible about the child’s school, sports and other recreational activities, as well as any other factors that might influence the glasses they recommend. The more the eye care provider knows about the child’s activities and any problems or symptoms he or she is experiencing, the better match the glasses will be for your child’s needs.
- Tell their story – tell the eye care provider about children’s television and other screen time usage, what sports they are involved in and how much time they spend outdoors. Supplying the eye care provider with as much information as possible, and asking them questions, will help him or her generate questions for you and arrive at recommendations that best suit your child’s needs.
- Remember why the appointment was made in the first place – Are there complaints about headaches, blurry eyes or painful vision? Is school performance suffering? Are there other vision problem warning signs? Tell the provider exactly why the child is there if it is for any other reason than just a checkup.
- Encourage your child to be honest and ask questions – Receiving the correct prescription is directly tied to how well children can respond when asked to rate the lens strength as “better one” or “better two?” Encourage them to take their time to assess which one truly is better. Sometimes there is no difference and children need to know that is an acceptable option. Encourage your child to ask any questions they might have, and feel free to ask any questions that you yourself may have during the process.